Critical approaches to leadership studies have sought to challenge the normative position of leadership as residing solely within the formal leader and have gone as far as to undermine the traditionally held assumption of leadership as a "real" phenomenon.
The book offers a critical account of the nature of leadership and management in modern organizations. Specifically it examines the forces that affect the influence relationships between leaders and followers in public sector organizational settings and thus, how these relationships inform social influence processes. Although the book focuses on the case of a public sector organization in the UK, the findings are placed in the context of both leadership theory and research across the globe and the dissemination of 'new public management' worldwide.
By acknowledging the criticisms concerning the weaknesses of conventional or mainstream leadership study and through the adoption of a critical perspective, Critical Leadership provides a deep and rich interpretation of the empirical material on leadership, thus making an outstanding contribution to the current literature.
"Provides a comprehensive account of the literature on leadership studies" - Hartley, J., Fletcher, C. and Ungemach, C. Helen Dickinson University, Melbourne, Australia,, SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION
1. Introduction Part I: Literature, Context, Methodology and Design 2. Leadership Studies 3. Organization in Context 4. Methodological Considerations Part II: Field Research: Data Illustrations and Interpretations 5. The Challenge to Leadership and the Dynamic of Ambiguity 6. The Limitations to Leadership and the Dynamic of the Environment 7. The Negotiation of Leadership and the Dynamic of Resource Acquisition 8. The Balance within Leadership and the Dynamic of Symbiosis 9. The Negotiation of Leadership and the Dynamic of Politics 10. The Agency of Followers and the Dynamic of Game Playing Part III: Discussion and Conclusions 11. Conclusions
The study and practice of public management has undergone profound changes across the world. Over the last quarter century, we have seen
In reality these trends have not so much replaced each other as elided or co-existed together – the public policy process has not gone away as a legitimate topic of study, intra-organizational management continues to be essential to the efficient provision of public services, whist the governance of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral relationships is now essential to the effective provision of these services.
This series is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study. It will publish books that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance (in theory and practice) and examine the relationship with and contribution to the over-arching disciplines of management and organizational sociology. Books in the series will be of interest to academics and researchers in this field, students undertaking advanced studies, and reflective policy makers and practitioners.